Body Found in River

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(News Channel 5- Nashville)

Police say a body has been found in the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, where athletes are competing in the Ironman event.

Chattanooga police said the body was found in the river on Sunday morning.

Police said the victim, who has not been identified, was not a participant in the Ironman competition.

The Chattanooga competition involves a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River along with a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon run.

Investigators are working to identify the body.

Police said there is no evidence of a criminal act at this time.

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Last of escapees apprehended

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(News Channel 5- Nashville)

Authorities say all 13 teenagers who escaped from a youth detention center Friday night in Nashville are now in custody.

Metropolitan Nashville Police say the took the last of the escapees into custody at 6:45 a.m. Sunday by an officer on patrol. He was, 16-year-old Timothy B. Willis, of Shelbyville. The other 12 were captured within hours of their escape.

Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson said several teens overpowered a guard at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center about 11 p.m. Friday. They took the guard’s radio and keys and let themselves out of a dormitory.

All 13 teens who escaped are back in custody.

The breakout was the latest in a series of problems at Woodland Hills that have alarmed Tennessee authorities, including a mass breakout by 32 teens on September 1st. The state has since begun conduction a review of youth detention security in the state.

Increase in College Enrollment

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More than 23,000 Tennessee graduating High School Seniors have signed up for Governor Bill Haslam’s free community college initiative that is being eyed by higher education leaders across the country. The Tennessee promise program will offer free two year community college or technical school education to all High School Seniors. The program will be funded by reserve funds held by the lottery college scholarship, and will provide “Last Dollar” tuition support to enrollment, even for those students who do not qualify for the hope scholarship program. The effort is expected to swell enrollment at Motlow Community college and the Shelbyville technical school. The effort also automatically enters community college graduate as juniors at Tennessee universities. Volunteer mentors are expected to help students with post high school higher education.

Trial set for married couple accused of murder

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A husband and wife accused with murder in connections with the shooting death of a Coffee County man nearly two years ago are set to stand trail in January. Troy L. King and Connie King are charged with the November, 2012 shooting death of Thomas Colucci, age 41. The victim’s body as found in a pool of blood at the home he shared with Connie King of Maple Springs Road near the Warren County line. Last week Coffee County circuit court Judge Vanessa Jackson approved a motion to delay the murder trial date for the pair from next month to January 20th . Connie King claimed an unknown assailant killed Colucci. Her husband, Troy King, who was released from prison shortly before the alleged murder, was arrested in California in March, 2013. Connie King was picked up in Florida two months later. Both are charged with 1st degree murder. Troy King is being held in the coffee County jail while Connie King is jailed in Franklin County. Colucci, a new Jersey native, was well known in the Nashville music business.

Unemployment rates drop in state

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Coffee County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged last month compared to July. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the August rate remained at seven percent, the same as reported for July. The state says some 1800 are without jobs in the county. The Franklin County rate dropped by more than a full point last month to 6.4 percent. That’s down from a July rate of 7.5 percent. 1240 looking for work in Franklin County. The jobless rate in Bedford County stood at 7.9 percent in July but dropped to 7.2 percent in August. Some 1,600 are jobless in the county. Warren County unemployment fell from 8.9 percent to 7.8 percent last month. The state says 1,300 need work there. Grundy County’s rate dropped a full point to 8.7 percent. Lincoln county continues to enjoy the lowest unemployment rate in Tennessee at 5.3 percent last month.

Fire risk leads to recall

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A possible fire risk leads Japanese automaker Toyota to a safety recall for one of it’s popular truck models. The company says nearly 700,000 Tacoma pickups are subject to the recall Tacoma  4×4 and forerunner models from the 2005- 2011 model years are included. The automakers says a leaf spring in the rear suspension can corrode and crack, which might rupture the fuel tank and cause a fire. No accidents or injuries have been reported. Toyota will notify owners by mail. Dealers will replace the part for free.

Volkswagen struggles to compete with General Motors and Nissan

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Nissan and General Motors both posted strong sales figures in September but Volkswagen posted a double digit decline in deliveries. All three automakers have assembly or supplier factories in Middle Tennessee. Nissan says it’s September sales were up by 18.5 percent compared to the same time frame last year. The new Rogue crossover SUV enjoyed a sales spike of 52 percent. The all electric Leaf sedan sold 47 percent more units compared to 2013. Nissan operates assembly lines in Smyrna and Decherd. General Motors reported a 19 percent sales increase. It makes the popular Chevrolet Equinox at Spring Hill. Volkswagen reported a sales slump of more than 18 percent last month. Sales of it’s Passat sedan, made in Chattanooga, declined by nearly eight percent.